Chapter 2: Goodbyes
When I woke up next morning, I had 5 text messages from Caroline. All of them was telling me to get my lazy ass to The Grill. I laughed a bit of her texts, and then got out of bed. I texted Caroline back, that I would be on my way after a quick shower. I felt pretty disgusting after the long flight and then the surprise party yesterday.
The warm water felt relaxing on my skin. It suddenly felt a lot different taking a bath in American, than in London. I closed my eyes as I washed my hair, and suddenly started remembering the time where Damon surprised me in the shower.
“Well, hello beautiful.” Damon stepped into the shower, all naked. I tried not to look at his... Private parts. “Hey Damon,” I said, trying not to notice how unsexy I was being. “Elena, you need to relax. You know I won't harm you,” he said and moved closer to me. As he wrapped his arms around my waist I put mine around his neck. He smiled and pressed his lips against mine.
I quickly snapped back to reality. Why was I thinking about that? It was 2 years ago, and I wasn't interested in Damon anymore. I had Adam, an all human boyfriend, who would be able to grow old with me, have children with me, stuff like humans do. I would never be able to do that with Damon. And most important of all, I was in love with Adam. Not with Damon. It was just a silly thought, a quick flashback. Properly just jet lag bothering me.
After my “quick” shower I tried to find something to wear. I decided to go with a pair of skinny jeans, a dark blue t-shirt and my leather jacket. I put on just a bit make-up, grabbed my bag and went downstairs. Jenna had left a note on the kitchen table.
We're out shopping groceries for tonight. Car keys are in the drawer. Remember you're in America! Right side of the road!
I laughed and grabbed the car keys. Then I put on my converse and drove to the town square. The Grill was crowded by people eating lunch and having a mid-day snack. Caroline was waiting for me at the usual table. She did already have a drink in front of her and was talking on the cellphone, with a very serious look. Not wanting to disturb her, I quickly headed to the bathroom. I didn't stay out there for long. Soon after I got a text from Caroline, asking if I were coming. I answered that I was right outside, and then went out of the bathroom. I pretended like I hadn't seen her before, and looked around to find her.
“Took you long enough to get here!” Caroline said, when I sat down. “Sorry, I was pretty wasted after yesterday. And I still have a lot of jet lag,” I said and started thinking about what to order. I didn't have the time to eat breakfast, but the hunger was starting to bother me. “What do you want?” Caroline asked, while taking a sip of her drink. “I think I might just want a Caesar salad. How about you?” I said, looking around for a waiter. Neither Jeremy or Matt was at work today. “The same.” She raised her hand, and a waiter came to us.
“You and Damon disappeared yesterday. What happened?” Caroline said, when we was done eating. “Well... We just stepped out in the kitchen and talked for a while...” I lied, I know, that's not something you do to your friends. But Caroline didn't knew what had happened between me and Damon. And she shouldn't know yet. If possible, she shouldn't know at all.
“What did he want to talk to you about? I thought he and Stefan agreed not to talk to you anymore.” She stopped. “Whoops, wasn't suppose to tell you about that... Uhm... What did he want?” She tried saving it, but too late. “What? They agreed not talking to me? Didn't seem like it when both of them tried getting me on one hand yesterday,” I said and frowned. “Yes, and that is why I want to know, what Damon wanted to talk to you about!” I sighed. “Caroline, please just let it go. Damon just wanted to hear how my life in London was going and stuff. Making sure I was okay.” Okay, I lied again. Maybe I wasn't the best friend in the world. Caroline raised her eyebrows and took a sip from her drink. She didn't believe me at all.
“So, have you got any plans for your stay here in Mystic Falls?” Caroline asked, when we walked out from The Grill. I shrugged my shoulders. “Not really. I was thinking of driving past our old high school, to see how it is and maybe see some other stuff from back then...” I said, realising how boring it sounded. “Come on, nothing has changed. Why don't you go out shopping with me today?” Caroline asked with a big smile. “That sounds like fun! I'm on,” I said. It actually did sound a lot more fun than my plans. “Cool. Meet you at the mall in an hour or two?” she asked. “Do you have something to do first?” I asked and raised my eyebrow. “Yeah, I have. So I'll see you, okay?” And then she was gone. That damn vampire speed!
I decided to go home, before meeting Caroline later, so I walked back to my car and drove home. Jenna and Alaric still wasn't back. Not really knowing what to do, I sat in the living room with my diary.
It's weird, being back in Mystic Falls. Nothing has really changed, except for me. But I feel like I belong here. Of course Jenna and Alaric had prepared a big surprise party yesterday. And guess who turned up. Stefan and Damon. That wasn't awkward at all, no! Stefan still seems depressed. I don't know if it's because I broke up with him two years ago, or because of something else. It was really good seeing him again. I had really missed him. But it isn't nice, seeing one of your best friends being as sad as he is. Somehow I hope he's going back to Italy soon. I think Italy is being good for him. Fresh air, and stuff like that.
Damon still has a thing for me. I think he might want us to get together, but that is not gonna happen! But how do you tell a person like Damon? He is used to getting what he wants, and won't give up that fast. I mean, he still have a thing for me, after not seeing me for two full years. Then I'm not convinced that he will just give up, as soon as I tell him, that nothing is going to happen between us. So what do I do, to make him stop believing in us?
The sound of the doorbell made me stop writing. It couldn't be Caroline. I had only been home for 15 minutes. So who could it be? Thinking of the worst, I opened the door. It was Stefan. Phew, no Damon. “Hey...” I said, not sure if I should hug him or not. “Hey Elena... Uhm, can I come in?” he asked. “Sure.” He looked like his normal depressed, serious, mysterious him. I stepped aside so he could come inside.
We sat down in the couch in the living room. I was kind of curious. What did he want? Caroline had revealed that both of the Salvatore brothers had decided to leave me alone, and never talk to me again. But both Damon and Stefan had asked me to talk on one hand with them. Something was wrong. “How are you doing?” he asked and looked at me. I frowned. “I'm doing fine... How about you?” Normally Stefan used to be very predictable. But this time I had no idea what so ever what he wanted to say to me. “Well... I have to talk to you about something. And this isn't going to be nice.” That did not sound well. What did he have on his mind? “Well, bring it...” I said. I wish he could just tell me, instead of dragging everything out. “Damon told me about you two yesterday. And that is why I am going back to Italy now. And I don't want you to worry about me, to think about me or contact me. Goodbye Elena.”